MANILA - The next president of the Philippines should take bold steps to combat climate change, a government official said on Saturday. The Climate Change Commission said environmental issues must be made one of the next president's top agenda as the Philippines is among the countries most vulnerable to climate change. “Taking decisive action against climate change should be the top priority of the next president... It will take good leadership to strengthen the country’s ability to adapt to its impacts,” CCC Vice Chairperson Emmanuel de Guzman said. CCC was created by the Climate Change Act of 2009 and is chaired by the President. The commission is mandated to “ensure the mainstreaming of climate change, in synergy with disaster risk reduction, into the national, sectoral and local development plans and programs.” The presidential candidates are set to face off in the second round of Comelec-initiated debate in Cebu on Sunday. The debate’s topics include climate change. According to de Guzman, climate change has far-reaching effects on food security, health, livelihood, and poverty. “Our next set of leaders must recognize the serious concerns associated with climate change. Extreme weather events, such as droughts, El Niño, unusually strong typhoons and storms, have sociopolitical and national security implications. Even our daily existence and activities are affected,” he said. He added that the next president should be able to match efforts from the national government to the barangay level to make communities more resilient to environmental risks. “Our very own survival depends on the actions our new leaders will take. We cannot be complacent,” he pointed out. 'Communities for Resilience Program' The commission recently launched its Communities for Resilience (CORE) program ''to promote a risk- and science-based approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation planning among local government units (LGU).'' The program aims to educate the communities on the climate and disaster risks and enhance the capacity of LGUs in developing the Local Climate Change Action Plan. The CCC has also met with representative from public, private and non-governmental organizations in Davao City to strengthen the climate change roadmap being finalized by the government.
Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News Posted at 20 Mar 2016 12:49 AM | Updated as of 20 Mar 2016 01:23 AMA personnel shows the portable voting booth prototype, made of carton, at the Commission on Election (COMELEC). The portable voting booths are being tested as part of COMELEC’s plan to set up mall polling precints for the 2016 presidential election. ABS-CBN News
MANILA - The Commission on Elections has approved the conduct of mall voting for the May 2016 elections, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista announced in a press conference in Cebu on Saturday night. Eighty-six malls will participate in the mall voting, and some 200,000 voters from 120 clustered precincts are set to benefit from the exercise, Bautista said. READ: Comelec conducts walk-through of mall voting The poll chief explained that the decision came after a series of public consultations with several clustered precincts. Whole clustered precincts will be moved inside the malls. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities will still be given priority. READ: PWDs support Comelec's mall voting proposal
Earlier, eight mall chains offered their malls as voting areas. These are SM Supermalls, Ayala Malls, Robinsons Malls, Gaisano Grand Malls, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Pacific Malls/Metro Gaisano, WalterMart Community Malls, and Fisher Mall. Comelec did not include malls owned or connected to candidates. The poll body earlier said that moving the clustered precincts inside malls will decongest public schools serving as polling areas. Bautista added that malls are also generally cleaner, safer and more convenient polling places compared to regular schools.